Brain Plasticity and Behavior

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Psychology Press, 1995 - Medical - 194 pages
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There are few books devoted to the topic of brain plasticity and behavior. Most previous works that cover topics related to brain plasticity do not include extensive discussions of behavior. The first to try to address the relationship between recovery from brain damage and changes in the brain that might support the recovery, this volume includes studies of humans as well as laboratory species, particularly rats. The subject matter identifies a consistent correlation between specific changes in the brain and behavioral recovery, as well as various factors such as sex and experience that influence this correlation in consistent ways.

Evolving from a series of lectures given as the McEachran Lectures at the University of Alberta, this volume originally began as a summary of the lectures, but has expanded to include more background literature, allowing the reader to see the author's biases, assumptions, and hunches in a broader perspective. In writing this volume, the author had two goals in mind:

* to initiate senior undergraduates or graduate psychology, biology, neuroscience or other interested students to the issues and questions regarding the nature of brain plasticity, and

* to provide a monograph in the form of an extended summary of the work the author and his colleagues have done on brain plasticity and recovery of function.
 

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Contents

BRAIN PLASTICITY
1
Plasticity in the Normal Brain
16
BRAIN INJURY AND BEHAVIOR
35
16
45
Brain Development and Recovery
67
Effects of Frontal Lesions in Infant Laboratory Animals
81
in Adulthood
95
The Role of Activity in Cortical Remodeling
108
Astrocytes and Recovery
130
Role of Hormones in Recovery from Cerebral Injury
147
Neuromodulation of Brain Plasticity
163
Epilogue
167
Author Index
185
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ROBERT W. KOLB, PhD, is an internationally recognized expert in options trading and an expert in using options and futures to manage risk. He is also Professor of Finance at the University of Miami. A prolific author, he has written numerous articles for finance magazines and journals and more than twenty books and monographs on the futures markets, investing and options trading, bond portfolio management, and other topics in finance and investing.

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